Welcome to the Barrowcliff 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Barrowcliff as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Barrowcliff with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • Easter Bingo & Afternoon Tea
    March 24, 2023      Photo
    Barrowcliff Big Local, in partnership with Gallows Close Centre, hosted a second, hugely successful Bingo event. This time residents were treated to a delicious afternoon tea provided by Team Gallows. Numbers were double on last time, with 50 people attending and enjoying a good natter and a few laughs! Some were lucky enough to go home with some Easter Egg prizes!
  • BIG Photo Competition 2022
    January 27, 2023      Photo
    In an attempt to boost Big Local Facebook interaction and promote local activities and events, the Partnership launched a Photo Competition in autumn 2022 for residents to take part in. A total of five £50 vouchers were up for grabs for each of the following categories: Children - Pets - Scenery - Community Events - Christmas. The Partnership was overwhelmed with more than 200 colourful entries that were shared across the Facebook group. Here's a snippet of just a few...
  • Pie & Pea Lunch / Bingo
    January 27, 2023      Photo
    After a little chat at a Partnership meeting, Big Local decided to have a go at hosting a Bingo event. With their close working relationship with Gallows Close Centre, they teamed up and came up with a Pie & Pea Lunch followed by Bingo. Team Gallows provided a tasty hot lunch to drum up business on a cold January day and attracted 25 people, some from neighbouring communities too. Not bad for a first attempt! The word got out and residents asked for more Bingo events. Some people hadn't socialised with friends and neighbours since pre-Covid days and this was just what they needed!
  • Christmas Together 2022
    December 25, 2022      Photo
    Local resident, Monica Smith, hosted her sixth Christmas Together event on Christmas Day, this time at Gallows Close Centre. The event aimed to bring together both families and individuals for a full day of festive celebrations, completely free of charge. Over 30 people joined in the fun and were served a full day’s Christmas menu and enjoyed festive games and entertainments. Monica was assisted by a small team of volunteers on the day and is grateful for funding and support from Barrowcliff Residents’ Association, Barrowcliff Big Local, Gallows Close Centre, Councillors Chatt and Popple for their contributions from the SBC Locality Budget Scheme, and Councillor Heritage and his wife Sylvia for volunteering.